Understanding DevOps

Authors: Richard Seroter, Barry Luijbregts, Josh Duffney, Paul Bradley, Jason Roberts, Jason Olson, Jason Helmick

DevOps is an IT management philosophy that seeks to improve and speed up the delivery of software and services to users. While Developers have adopted frameworks such as Agile to... Read more


In this beginner section, you'll learn the basics of DevOps.


DevOps: The Big Picture

by Richard Seroter

Jul 28, 2014 / 1h 33m

Beginner • 1h 33m

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What is DevOps, really? In this course, we look the problems faced by today's IT departments and how a DevOps transformation can help focus on value and streamlined delivery. We'll explore the key cultural changes necessary, where organizational change is required, and how to confront the inevitable objections. Automation and technology play huge roles in DevOps success; in this course we'll analyze the major capability areas and which technologies can get your team on its way.

Table of contents
  1. Problems That DevOps Solves
    24m 22s
  2. Making a DevOps Transition
  3. Introducing DevOps Automation
    32m 6s

Implementing DevOps in the Real World

by Richard Seroter

Jan 28, 2017 / 2h 53m

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At the core of DevOps is a thorough understanding of how to optimize software delivery for throughput and quality. In this course, Implementing DevOps in the Real World, you'll learn how to introduce common DevOps practices into your organization. First, you'll learn the fundamental principles behind DevOps, and quickly see how to put those in action. Next, you’ll discover how leading companies approach team dynamics, automating infrastructure, and break down organizational silos. Finally, you'll explore how to fundamentally change how to build and run software. When you’re finished with this course, you'll have a foundational understanding of the core practices of DevOps teams, and the reason behind them.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    1m 22s
  2. Who Cares About DevOps?
    32m 18s
  3. Week of DevOps – Mondays
    33m 43s
  4. Week of DevOps – Tuesdays
    30m 42s
  5. Week of DevOps – Wednesdays
    27m 45s
  6. Week of DevOps – Thursdays
    25m 32s
  7. Week of DevOps – Fridays
    21m 57s


In this intermediate section, you'll learn about AgilePM®, test-driven development, and continuous integration and continuous delivery.


AgilePM® Project Management

by Paul Bradley

Nov 11, 2016 / 2h 27m

Intermediate • 2h 27m

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AgilePM® project management Combines flexibility with proven process for successful agile project delivery. The focus of agile project management is on developing solutions incrementally enabling project teams to react effectively to changing requirements, whilst empowering project personnel and encouraging increased collaboration and ownership. In this course, AgilePM® Project Management, you'll learn about the Agile way of thinking and working, with simple concise communication without excessive documentation. You'll learn the difference between simple lightweight agile approaches, which typically operate at the solution delivery (or 'work package') level and the greater holistic AgilePM® view of how multiple work streams are co-ordinated with the appropriate level of governance and control. This AgilePM® Project Management course is aimed at those wishing to expand their knowledge of traditional project management methods or who are operating in an agile environment running more complex and scalable projects.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction to Agile
    9m 4s
  2. Agile Project Management - The Basics
    16m 13s
  3. Roles and Responsibilities
    10m 29s
  4. Preparing for Agile Project Management
    14m 51s
  5. The Pre-project and Foundation Processes and Products
    18m 14s
  6. Evolutionary Development, Deployment
    11m 11s
  7. Techniques and Practices
    21m 40s
  8. Agile Control
    19m 22s
  9. Agile Planning
    18m 33s
  10. AgilePM® Exam Preparation
    7m 22s

Test-driven Development: The Big Picture

by Jason Olson

Apr 14, 2017 / 1h 50m

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Developing software can be expensive. Surprisingly, much of this cost is found in the maintenance of the software. Test-driven development aims to help with these runaway costs, as well as enabling developers to build higher quality software. In this course, Test-driven Development: The Big Picture, you'll learn the basics of test-driven development, a development practice aimed at building high quality software. First, you'll explore what test-driven development is and why it exists. Next, you'll learn the different terminology and tools of the trade when doing test-driven development. Finally, you'll learn how to utilize test-driven development by working through a series of test-driven development examples. When you're finished with this course, you'll have the necessary knowledge to start building software using your test-driven development skills, and improve the quality of software.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    1m 38s
  2. What Is Test-driven Development? (TDD)
    20m 36s
  3. Different Ways of Testing Applications
    19m 55s
  4. Test-driven Development in Action
    33m 46s
  5. Strategies and Techniques for Testing Code
    18m 7s
  6. Looking out for Test-driven Development Gotchas
    16m 27s

Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery: The Big Picture

by Barry Luijbregts

Feb 16, 2017 / 59m

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Building and delivering software isn't easy. You want to have a consistent quality and to be able to deliver new functionality quickly. In this course, Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery: The Big Picture, you will learn how the practices of Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery can help you to build and deliver quality software in a reliable way. When you've finished this course, you'll have a foundational knowledge of the concepts of Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery that will help you to get your organization ready to deliver great software.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    1m 31s
  2. What Are We Trying to Accomplish?
    11m 30s
  3. What Is Continuous Integration?
    14m 6s
  4. What Is Continuous Delivery?
    14m 57s
  5. How Do We Get to CI and CD?
    17m 21s


In this advanced section, you'll learn about orchestration and automation, infrastructure from code, and testing automation.


Orchestration and Automation: The Big Picture

by Josh Duffney

Jul 17, 2017 / 49m

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Technology is changing at an ever-increasing rate. Humans can no longer effectively maintain the administration of technology without leveraging automation. Automation is the key to surviving in today's tech world. Throughout this course, Orchestration and Automation: The Big Picture, you'll learn what automation is and how to manage automation with orchestration. You'll also learn the benefits of investing in these two technologies and how they can make your daily work easier and more enjoyable. By the end of the course, you'll have an understanding of what orchestration and automation are and why they're beneficial to today's IT landscape.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    1m 10s
  2. Automation: What It Is and Why You Should Invest in It
    10m 2s
  3. Discovering the Benefits of Automation
    13m 2s
  4. Managing Automation with Orchestration
    10m 57s
  5. Types of Orchestration
    14m 31s

Infrastructure from Code: The Big Picture

by Jason Helmick

Jun 14, 2017 / 1h 32m

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IT Ops has traditionally managed servers and the infrastructure through human actions, which often causes delays and mistakes from updates to deployments. Infrastructure from Code removes the human related problems by providing management and provisioning of the Data Center through machine read configuration files. This provides a repeatable, recoverable and often times, more secure Data Center. In this course, Infrastructure from Code: The Big Picture, you'll learn about the concepts of DevOps, and the process and tools of Infrastructure from Code. You'll delve into learning about automating your processes with a Release Pipeline, how it can shift the performance of IT Ops, and finally a variety of tools to start building repeatable, safe, and reliable deployments. When you're finished with this course, you'll have a starting point to move past this overview and into building your own Release Pipeline for Infrastructure from Code.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    1m 7s
  2. Introduction
    11m 50s
  3. Infrastructure from Code: The Build Pipeline
    26m 39s
  4. Stage 1: Source
    13m 13s
  5. Stage 2: Build
    7m 44s
  6. Stage 3: Test
    10m 59s
  7. Stage 4: Release
    11m 58s
  8. A Final Word
    8m 52s

Testing Automation: The Big Picture

by Jason Roberts

Aug 8, 2017 / 1h 6m

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Software can be costly to develop, error-prone, and hard to release to production. In this course, Testing Automation: The Big Picture, you'll learn the different types of automated tests that can be created, the various trade-offs involved, and how it can benefit you. First, you'll explore the potential business value of automated tests. Next, you'll cover the difference between unit integration and other types of tests, along with understanding how many of each test to write. Finally, you'll discover how tests fit in with continuous integration and deployment. When you're finished with this course, you'll have a solid understanding of how automated tests can be an enabler for increased business value, and how to start implementing or refining the use of automated tests within your organization.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    1m 9s
  2. The Business Value of Automated Tests
    19m 24s
  3. Understanding the Different Types of Automated Tests
  4. Automated Testing Within the Software Development Process
    15m 48s

What you will learn

  • The philosophy behind DevOps
  • Implementing DevOps
  • AgilePM Project Management
  • Test-driven Development
  • Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery
  • Automation and Orchestration
  • Infrastructure from Code
  • Testing Automation


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